Saturday, August 18, 2018

Trump Plays Political Dodge Ball To Divert Critics

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Here's Captain Bone Spurs (aka Trump's) rules of engagement for his version of dodge ball.

Rule one: dodge, divert, distract when under fire from critics for corrupt behavior.

Rule two: lie with impunity and call the press the enemy of the people.

Rule three: attack his critics at every opportunity by throwing raw meat to his extreme base. 


1) Taking away ex-CIA Director Brenna's security clearance for criticizing him. Trump also has a hit list of 9 other former Obama employees that he plans of stripping security clearances because they too have been publicly criticizing him, and he blames them all for starting the Russian/Trump Campaign investigation.

2) Trump's mouthpiece, Sarah Sanders got caught lying about black support for the president when she cited some pie-in-the-sky statistics based on faulty information. Trump claims that blacks really like him despite the fact that every credible poll in the nation disputes that.

3) Trump and his Interior Secretary puppet, Ryan Zinke, claim wildfires are caused by environmentalists and there's no such thing as global warming. 

Oh yeah, Donny's still saying California's wildfire problem is because of rivers running out to the sea, so there's not enough water to fight fires. Sad and stupid.

This whole presidential thing is a game to Trump. It's about personally winning and tearing down and disgracing government agencies and the intelligence community if they're not in lock-step with his desires.

One last thought:

Trump had to cancel his military parade because the cost was outlandish, $92 million. So who does he blame? Washington DC for not making his dream parade less expensive. Those real world facts keep biting Trump's fat ass.

Time for me to walk on down the road... 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Profile of a Trump 'Mini-Me' Reflects Where the GOP is Today

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Those Republicans that have chosen to become Trump-Mini Me's for the midterms are a snapshot of where the party is under our Liar-In-Chief.

Here's a brief profile of one of the leading mini-me's, Bobby Wilson:

1) He's running for the Arizona State Senate and hoping his adulation for Trump gets him more votes.

2) He was initially charged, at the age of 18, with homicide after confessing to murdering his own mother and sister, then setting the house on fire.

3) His lawyer, after the murders were exposed, convinced the court Wilson had amnesia and didn't know what he was saying when he confessed.

4) On the campaign trail he brags about killing his mother in self-defense, after claiming his memory returned years later, and she was going to kill him with a semi-automatic weapon. 

According to his story his 49-year-old mother was standing over him one night with a locked and loaded rifle and shot at him six times before he dived under the bed, retrieved his single-shot rifle and shot her between the eyes... from underneath the bed(?) 

Then his sister rushed him and he used his rifle to bash her head in. A fire was started by a stray bullet hitting a gas can inside the house and he managed to get outside before being overwhelmed by smoke inhalation.  

Note: Anyone who believes that story is probably a QAnon follower.

5) The local newspaper account at the time reported the charred bodies of his mother and sister were found lying together in bed 'in a perfectly relaxed' position, indicating they died in their sleep.

6) During his campaign he often talks about the murder and claims it's an example of "a good guy killing a bad guy."

7) Wilson is not his real name. According to court records his last name is listed as Wiste. The family was living under an assumed name.

8) After dodging authorities for years with his amnesia story, he came up with his own version of what happened when he suddenly got his memory back. After the courts gave up on his seven-year-old investigation, he went on to write a book that made him look like hero for killing his mother and sister.

9) There's still local investigators that believe he murdered his family and got away with it.

10) The murders were never solved thanks to the court's acceptance of his amnesia ploy, suspending the proceedings for nearly a decade, before the case was thrown out.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A United Press Strikes Back: Will It Hurt Trump, or Help Him?

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Today, in case you haven't heard or read, over 350 newspaper editorial boards across America are united on one central theme; opposing Trump's constant press-bashing.

As a former newspaper editor, and publisher, I have mixed feelings about what this day will accomplish. It will certainly show that America's mainstream press will not be pushed around by Trump's attacks. But aren't they already doing that?

It will also demonstrate something else, an entirely different message to Trump's base. It'll be proof, in their small brains, that there is a "Fake News" and that the press is corrupt, and that's why Trump gets so harshly critiqued by the Fourth Estate.

It will be a compelling agreement for Trump supporters, and Trump himself will probably feel vindicated for attacking the press from his first day in office.

Consider this, Trump supporters don't read or watch mainstream articles. They're too busy watching Fox News and reading Breitbart's daily conspiracies online.

That fact alone makes me wonder if this is just all about "singing to the choir?" Two-thirds of Americans think he's a moron, and degrading the office of the president. When they read or listen to today's backlash against our deeply unpopular president, it will only ensure the validity of their feelings.

No minds are going to be changed. No Trump supporters are going to miraculously "see the light" after reading or listening to the potpourri of resistance being offered today.

While I support the journalistic community, I have to question if this is the way to start changing hearts or minds. When most of America's press suddenly starts playing the same tune, I get nervous. 

Maybe it's because I'm an independent thinker, and having everyone write about the same subject on a certain day seems like a homework assignment to me.

I believe that every newspaper should have independent editorial boards. When I see over 200 newspapers rally around one subject, it seems to me they're all ignoring their own diverse readers on the county and state level they publish in.

I'm not particularly worried about galvanizing Trump's base. They're already on board the crazy train. I'm more concerned about our independent free press coordinating their messages to the people. It smacks of something un- American, and is a road I hope my colleagues don't take again.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fear and Loathing 2018: If Hunter S. Thompson Covered the White House

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Imagine a young and vibrant Hunter S. Thompson driving his "Red Shark" down 1100 Pennsylvania avenue and stopping at Trump's monument to emoluments, Trump Hotel and checking in as a guest.

He's there on behalf of Rolling Stone, and it's his job to write about Trump and his corrupt minions in power. Like his famous novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thompson's narrative will delve into the surreal (only to later find it is real) atmosphere surrounding Trump in the West Wing.    

The original story was seen through a drug-induced haze. This follow-up won't disappoint Thompson fans, because their hero will once again be reporting through a rabbit-hole maze of designer drugs that weren't available back in 1971.

Here a couple of scenes from Fear and Loathing 2018.

Thompson roars up to the front of the White House in his Red Shark and throws open the passenger door for Omarosa Manigault Newman, one-time top African in the White House, to get in.

He offers her a handful of pills while secret services agents swarm toward them, takes a hit from a bong, then slams his foot down on the gas pedal and plows through everyone, and out the gate while singing God Bless America!

Omarosa can be heard shouting, "I have the tapes!"

Fade out.

Hunter S. Thompson can be seen prowling around the White House grounds in the middle of the night after taking LSD, Ecstasy, Meth, and drinking a bottle of tequila. It's a dream-like sequence where Trump is seen skipping naked on the West Lawn as Thompson follows behind trying to get an interview.

It becomes hard for the viewer to tell what's really happening as other members of the West Wing join the frolicking Liar-In-Chief in a Congo line that snakes halfway around the White House.

In a moment of lucidity, Thompson turns toward the audience and shakes his head in disbelief. 

"This is crazier than anything I ever dreamed of during my lifetime of illegal drugs and alcohol. WTF! You actually elected this lying gasbag racist, misogynist to lead the country?" 

Fade out.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How A Defense Bill Payed for Trump's Parade and Backdoor Deal With China

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With the help of the spineless GOP members in congress, a $716 billion defense policy bill was recently passed and signed into law yesterday by Trump... who got some goodies for himself rolled into the package.

For starters, he got his parade funded in the bill. Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! Of course, no one knows exactly what it's going to cost - estimates have gone north of $30 million - but he finally got the funding to appease his enormous ego.

That a parade would fall under funding for a defense bill displays the depths Trump will go - and get away with when no one has the guts to stand up to him. 

Every since he went to France last year and watched a parade there, he's been openly envious of such a display of power. So how did he finally get his way?

Easy, he intimidated the cowards in congress and forced them to put the funding for his ego-drenched display of military might into a bill that would get bi-partisan support. It worked. The Democrats didn't want to be seen opposing a defense bill. Especially one that came with a pay raise.

But Trump's duplicity didn't end there.

He also got those same GOP ostriches to bury their heads and ignore a national security risk by taking sanctions off of a Chinese telecom company, ZTE. The very same company our national intelligence agencies have been warning against for spying on Americans with their devices.

That's why the sanctions were put there in the first place. Yet, Trump has turned the tables against our intelligence community and forged through with this addition to the funding bill.

We all know what Trump thinks about America's intelligence agencies. He makes it perfectly clear in his hateful and inaccurate tweets. 

So, we have a funding bill - by the way Trump wouldn't say the name of the bill - The John McCain Defense Funding Bill - that allows Trump to indulge in a meaningless parade and make back-door deals with one of our international rivals, China.

To top off his dog and pony show at Ft. Drum, N.Y., he attacked the media covering the event. He winked and tried to play the men and women sitting in their uniforms. 

Yes, he got a polite applause. After all that was their commander-in-chief, and they would have clapped if he brought a trained duck on the stage to perform tricks.

It wasn't his usual rally crowd. It was a group of professional soldiers, so there were no cries for building walls or locking up Hillary Clinton.

Instead, the audience sat there respectfully and watched their commander-in-chief spew rhetoric and radiate insincerity, as he treated the whole event like it was a reality show.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, August 13, 2018

Donny and the Bikers Have a Blast

                                            Good Day World!

Background music playing Bennie and the Jets.

The scenario:

There's pouring rain outside Trump's Bedminster Golf Course and he's feeling gloomy on Sunday. As his little fingers send out hateful tweets he hears a sound outside...

It's the roar of 180 motorcycles just outside his window! He's so exciting that he stops mid tweet and opens up the curtains and sees the Bikers For Trump motorcycle club waving at him.

He skips about in glee and tells his security people to bring them inside to the ballroom. In one of Donny's wet dreams come true moment, the bikers burst in chanting "Four more Years!" and "USA."

What followed was a perverse love fest as Donny posed for selfies with the excited bikers. At one point he got them chanting, "Tell the truth!" to the few reporters in the room covering the event. It was classic Trump.

His mood improved considerably after having his boots licked by the slavish bikers who came to save his day. 

One of the highlights of the visit came when Donny led them in the Pledge of Allegiance outside - during a break in the rain. It was such a touching moment I'm told, that two members of the press puked so hard they had to leave.

There was hardly a dry eye among the Trump cronies lingering around as he said, "Let's hear those engines!" and the roar filled the air with a sense of freedom and patriotism as they burnt rubber, screeching away into the New Jersey night.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Conversation Between Mueller and Trump

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I'm going to ask you to suspend reality today, and to pretend we're in the near future.

Somewhere in Washington DC...
Trump has agreed (despite his lawyers advise) to talk with Robert Mueller.

Mueller: "Thank you for agreeing to talk today, Mr. President."

Trump: "Is that why I'm sitting in this room? Ha! Ha! Just joking with you horse-face."

Mueller: "Why did you fire FBI Director, Jim Comey?"

Trump: "Because he made up bad stories about me and Putin. It was my right as president to bitch slap him for claiming Russia helped me get elected."

Mueller: "Well...they did Mr. President. All of our intelligence agencies agree."

Trump: "What are you? A wise ass?"

Mueller: "No, sir. Just stating facts. Can we get on with this interview now?"

Trump: "Interview? This feels more like a grilling. When is this witch hunt going to stop?"

Mueller: "My best guess is we're going to wrap the investigation up shortly after our conversation. My next question has to do with Michael Flynn. When did you know he lied to the FBI?"

Trump: "Michael Flynn eh? Give me a moment, I'm trying to remember who he is. Off hand, I'd guess he was a bit player under my administration."

Mueller: "He was more than that, sir. He was your first national security advisor."

Trump: "Oh yeah! I fired the bum didn't I? I pulled an Apprentice and said, 'You're fired!'" 

Mueller: "Actually he resigned, sir."

Trump: "What is it with you Bob? Don't you like me?"

Mueller: "It has nothing to do with that, sir. Just stating facts."

Trump: "Facts! More like liberal attacks against America's favorite! You, and your 17 Angry Democrats, are part of the Deep State that has been trying to get me out of office. " 

Mueller: "You realize that these proceedings are being recoded, sir?"   

Trump: "Rudy! WTF! I  thought there weren't going to be any tapes! You know how I hate tapes!"

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Alt-Right Struggling To Take Their Hate into Mainstream America

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As you sit here reading this, alt-right groups are gathering in Virginia, trying once again to infuse their hatred into our national dialogue.

The governor of Virginia has declared the upcoming gathering of slime balls a state emergency, and called out the national guard to help contain the chaos.

White Nationalist groups plan to demonstrate in front of the White House at Lafayette Square Sunday. Organizers admit there will probably be less of a turnout this time around. I heard one estimate bandied around that 400 people are expected to attend. I also heard that over twice that many counter-protesters will be there.

That may have something to do with the national backlash from their last gathering at Charlottesville when a counter protester was run over and killed by a self-avowed NAZI and Hitler-lover.

For the first time since Trump slithered into office part of his alt-right base went too far with last year's hate parade that he wouldn't condemn.

The same voters who didn't call Trump out for his race-baiting, and actually encouraged it, or just let their real feelings bubble to the top of already simmering prejudices, saw Trump as the gatekeeper who would legitimize their warped views.

Here's the bottom line:

Mainstream America has not accepted the white supremacists rhetoric and those racists who thought it was safe to crawl out from beneath their rocks when Donny was elected. 

The backlash against that outpouring of hate and bias has been steady, and unrelenting. Take a look at what's happening with one of the most hateful conspiracy nuts in the nation, Alex Jones. 

He's being sued by parents that lost children in Sandy Hook because he's made life hell for them claiming their children never died and the massacre was all a hoax. Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify have banned him for violating their rules of decency.

Fox News still promotes racism with commentators like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham. When Ingraham told her listeners the other night that the "America we know and love doesn't exist anymore," she displayed her racist credentials for all to hear.

"Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like," she ranted.

Whose "us," you ask? I'll give you a hint...racists.

Her rant was called out by the mainstream press and on the internet. Americans are not standing by and letting these attacks against our very democracy go unchallenged.

The haters are not winning. I don't care what Trump tells that minority of Americans who follow him like lemmings, the majority are resisting him and his legions of racists. Just look at Trumps national popularity polls.

The only thing tomorrows hate parade is going to accomplish is to reinforce the resistance against them, and cost unfortunate Virginia taxpayers millions in security.

Time for me to walk on down the road...  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Swampy Days in DC: Bluster, Bullsh*T, and Corruption Cases

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I got a good laugh the other day when a TV commentator said that Trump has built a hotel in the "swamp."

As we all recall, Trump promised to clear the swamp out in Washington DC during his frenzied rallies in 2016. It was a great sound bite, and Republicans got on board and quickly passed the myth on to their conservative constituency and anyone else who would listen. 

Even if you haven't been paying much attention to the revolving door in the West Wing, you're probably aware that quite a few Trump appointees have turned out to be thieving  lying bastards!

Rather than go over the entire roll call of corrupt cronies who crept into government with the help of Trump, let's just go with the present examples.

When New York Republican Congressman (and big Trump supporter) Chris Collins got hauled away for securities fraud, wire fraud, and lying to investigators by special agents of the FBI Wednesday, it marked a continuing trend of serious criminal allegations against Trump's political allies and government appointees.

Collins was one of Trump's earliest congressional supporters. Now he's in big trouble. 

And speaking of troubleTrump's appointee to Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, could be "among the biggest grifters in American history," according to Forbes magazine, amid new allegations that he may have wrongly siphoned off more than $120 million from business associates.

What we know:

1) Trump stocked the swamp in Washington DC from Day One.

2) Our liar-in-chief even went so far as to build a hotel in the middle of the swamp (see current emolument case against Trump going through the courts based on his hotel in DC.)

3) The atmosphere in the White House is getting so toxic (swamp gases and bullshit) that few can stay there for very long. The one's that have stayed obviously discovered gas masks.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trump's Human Rights Record is a Disgrace: Look at Saudi Arabia vs Canada

                                            Good Day World!

Under the new world order of chaos, ushered in by Trump and his ass-puppets, human rights is so low on the agenda that it keeps dropping off the list entirely.

To make that clear, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in June. That was just a warm up.

To reinforce the Trump's administration's attitude towards human rights, they stood by Saudi Arabia (a country where human rights are abused daily) against our neighbor, and ally, Canada in a spat between the two countries.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman got butt-hurt when Canada condemned the arrest of a Saudi Arabian human rights activist, Samar Badawi. She's a noted women's right advocate who was honored as an International Woman of Courage Award by the U.S. State Department in 2012. 

How could our state department turn away a chance to defend this woman after lauding her internationally? The answer is Trump.

He's busy picking apart our allies while making nice with countries like Saudi Arabia, and traditional enemies like Russia, North Korea, and China.

Just in case you didn't know, a Saudi government-linked account tweeted an image of a plane flying toward the Toronto skyline, with the warning, "He who interferes with what doesn't concern him, finds what doesn't please him."

What was our state department's response to that thinly veiled threat against our ally and neighbor?

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the state department had this to say:

"We are aware of Government of Saudi Arabia's statement recalling the Saudi ambassador to Canada and expelling Canada's ambassador. They are both close partners of the United States. I refer you to the Canadian and Saudi Ministries of Foreign Affairs for further information."

Talk about weak and embarrassing! 

In less than two years, Trump's administration has obliterated any moral standing America has built up since the formation of NATO.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Bedminster Blues: Trump is Not Winning Lately

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The orange ogre currently occupying the president's seat in the Oval Office, has retreated to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, amidst so many scandals and investigations that he can't keep track of them.

Trump's math skills mirror his famous reading skills, he doesn't do either. That's why he claims he only gets "good people" to take care of everything. 

You know, like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross (read the charges against this crook whose still in office), Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, and a host of other loser Trump minions.

Signs that Trump is not winning:

The Mueller investigation is still ongoing and convictions are piling up with no end in sight.

Paul Manafort is fighting to stay out of prison. Today is the seventh day of his criminal trial for bank and tax fraud. Ex-Trump cohort, and former business partner, Rick Gates, is getting leniency for testifying against Manafort on day five.

The specter of Manafort flipping on Trump looms if he's convicted on all counts.

Trump twitters shade against CNN host Don Lemon and NBA great, Lebron James. Everybody came out against Trump on that stupid tweet...including his wife!

Once again Trump tweets pure bullshit when he claims California wildfires are caused by rivers draining into the ocean! Experts in California and the nation severely rebuked that idiotic statement.

Noticing a pattern here? It sure isn't about winning.

I'm surprised Trump didn't have a heart attack when the news came out about his precious "wall" two days ago when the Government Accountability Office released a report stating the whole process was hurried, ill-planned and would go way over budget estimates. Ouch!

The Department of Homeland Security was criticized in the report for picking sites for Donny's pet project before taking into account how effective a wall would be, and the cost.

Trump is also setting himself up for another loss with his threats to shut down the government if he doesn't get his wall. It's unclear if this report will have any effect on the asshole.

Listen...I could go on, but you get the point. In the real world Trump is not winning lately, and that's why the Bedminster Blues...(aka the tweet storm).

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...